2019 LDWF Commercial Fishing Regs - Page 30

Area Restrictions
Free Fish Passage: Do not set gear, such as trawls, nets or seines,
within 500 feet of the mouth of any inlet or pass or within 500 feet of
any water control structures, dams or weirs. This ensures fish can pass
freely through these areas.
Louisiana/Mississippi Border: When fishing in border waters, you
must attach waterproof tags with your full name and license number
to trotlines, snag lines, hoop nets, gill nets and trammel nets, in lieu of
tags required by Mississippi regulations. You must place the tag within
5 feet of one end on trot and snag lines, on the first hoop on hoop nets
and on the float line within 5 feet of one end on gill and trammel nets.
Louisiana fishermen using slat traps or baskets in border waters must
obtain tags from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and
Impoundments: You may not use nets to harvest fish in freshwater
impoundments during water drawdown periods, unless LDWF
specifies otherwise. Closures begin on the date the drawdown control
structure opens and continues until the lake is full again.
WMAs and Refuges: Commercial fishing is permitted in:

Fort Polk (specific regulations pertaining to fishing are posted at
specific lakes).
Grassy Lake,* except in Smith Bay, Red River Bay and Grassy Lake
on Saturday and Sunday and during waterfowl season.
Pomme de Terre,* except on the weekends and during duck
Richard K. Yancey, except during regular waterfowl seasons in
Grand Bay, Silver Lake and Lower Sunk Lake.
Spring Bayou,* gill nets and trammel nets 3.5 inches and greater
permitted Monday through Friday except slat traps and hoop
nets permitted any day. The take and possession of grass carp is
prohibited. Closed until after 2 p.m. during waterfowl season.
*You must have a permit to fish Grassy Lake, Pomme de Terre and Spring
Bayou WMAs. Permits are available from Spring Bayou Headquarters
or the Lafayette Field Office at 337.735.8699.
Commercial fishing is prohibited in Russell Sage WMA.
Prohibited Freshwater Species
You may not commercially harvest the following freshwater species:

All members of the family Synbranchida (Asian swamp eels)
All species of piranha
All species of tilapia
Atlantic, pallid and shovelnose sturgeons (whole or any body
parts, including roe)
Black crappie
Bream (any species)
Channidae (snakeheads)
Clariidae (walking catfishes)
Freshwater electric eel
Hybrid striped bass

Largemouth bass
Paddlefish (spoonbill catfish)
Rio Grand cichlid
Shadow bass
Spotted bass
Striped bass
Trichomycteridae (pencil catfishes)
White bass
White crappie
Yellow bass
Species Regulations
You must return undersized fish back to the water unharmed; 5% (by number) of each species of commercial fish you harvest may be smaller
than the legal limit, except channel catfish of which 10% (by number) may be smaller. No one (commercial fishermen, dealers, retailers and
restaurants) may sell, purchase, barter, trade or exchange undersized fish (or attempt to do any of these activities).
You may harvest commercial species with no specified size limit in any size and quantity.
For the most current information, go to www.wlf.la.gov/fishing/commercial-finfish.
Size Limit
Harvest Limit
Blue Catfish
12 in. min. total
5% may be smaller than
the legal limit
Buffalo (smallmouth,
bigmouth and black)
16 in. min. total
5% may be smaller than
the legal limit
Channel Catfish
11 in. min. total
10% may be smaller
than the legal limit
Flathead Catfish
14 in. min. total
5% may be smaller than
the legal limit
Freshwater Drum
12 in. min. total
5% may be smaller than
the legal limit
No limit for properly
licensed shad gill net
and seine fishermen
Shad and Skipjack
Shad gill net season is closed July 1
through the end of October and all
Saturdays and Sundays. There is no
closed season for commercial shad
You must be properly licensed
to harvest shad and skipjack
herring with shad gill nets or
seines (see page 21).


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